Monday, April 30, 2007

Songs for the Dancing Chicken article in Vue Weekly

The April 26 edition of Vue Weekly features an article by Josef Braun about Emily Schultz and her book of poetry, Songs for the Dancing Chicken.

Rosalie Sharp profiled in Globe and Mail

Today's Globe and Mail includes of profile of Rosalie Wise Sharp, author of Rifke: An Improbable Life, by Sarah Hampson.

The Canadian in America in Winnipeg Free Press

The April 27 edition of the Winnipeg Free Press featured a column by David Christianson about The Canadian in America by Brian D. Wruk with Terry F. Ritchie. Christianson called the authors, "two of the best cross-border specialists" and said, "These two know of which they speak . . . the book covers every topic I can think of that would be relevant."

Brother Dumb review in Globe and Mail

Brother Dumb by Sky Gilbert was reviewed in the April 28 edition of the Globe and Mail. Reviewer Mark Cochrane said, "Gilbert's prose (which has always been Salingeresque) skips along as smartly and readably as ever . . . the authorial presence that pervades other Gilbert monologues and performances continues to provoke and compel in this one." Read the entire review here.

Obit review in Atlantic Books Today

Obit by Anne Emery was reviewed in the Spring 2007 issue of Atlantic Books Today. Reviewer Shirley Gueller called the book, "a romping good ride through Halifax and New York . . . the racy writing style and quick repartee makes for a captivating tale."

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Rosalie Wise Sharp profile in National Post

The Saturday, April 14 issue of the National Post included a profile of Rosalie Wise Sharp, author of Rifke: An Improbable Life, by Linda Frum. Frum writes, "In Rifke: An Improbable Life, Mrs. Sharp does not shy away from painful episodes in her life . . . Throughout her memoir Mrs. Sharp assumes a tone of an astonished onlooker who can't quite believe how well the story has turned out . . . The clash of lifestyles between the one she enjoys today and the 'shtetl' existence she broke away from, the first in her family in 20 generations, gives the memoir its substance."

Monday, April 23, 2007

What's Wrong With University in The Varsity

The March 29 issue of The Varsity, The University of Toronto's Student Newspaper, featured a front-page article about Jeff Rybak and his book, What's Wrong With University. Writer Mike Ghenu says, "He (Rybak) sheds light on the inner workings of the university system, from the outsider experience of a mature student. Throughout it, he encourages students to discover for themselves why they decided to attend university, presenting what he considers the five archetypes of university students." The entire article can be read here.

Friday, April 20, 2007

The Daily Collegian Review of Wrestling Babylon

Wrestling Babylon: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal by Irvin Muchnick was positively reviewed in Friday, April 20 edition of The Daily Collegian, Pennsylvania State University's student newspaper. Reviewer Steve Hughes writes: "ECW Press is one of the best publishing companies that documents professional wrestling. Irvin Muchnick is one of the best writers to have ever covered wrestling. Now these two forces have combined to create one of the best books ever published about professional wrestling . . . Any true fan of wrestling, or of great writing and reporting, will get more than his or her money's worth. Grade: A"

The entire review can be read here.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Rosalie Wise Sharp article in Toronto Star

The Wednesday, April 19 edition of the Toronto Star included an article by Martin Knelman about Rosalie Wise Sharp and her new book, Rifke: An Improbable Life. The entire article can be read here.

Björk: Wow and Flutter review in Lucid Forge

A positive review of Björk: Wow and Flutter by Mark Pytlik has been posted on Lucid Forge, an online arts and entertainment magazine. Reviewer Philippa Scowcroft calls the book "a comprehensive account of an artist whom many have heard of, but few truly understand . . . Pytlik gives us a look at each facet of the artist: daughter, singer, writer, lover, mother, actor, and revolutionary." Read the entire review here.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Rifke launch photos on Quill site

The good folks at Quill & Quire have posted photos from last night's Rifke launch and called the event, "one of swankiest Canadian book launches on record." See all the photos here.

Corey Redekop on "Weekend Morning Show"

Corey Redekop, author of Shelf Monkey, will be interviewed by Ron Robinson on CBC Radio Manitoba's "Weekend Morning Show" this Sunday, April 22 at 8:15am CDT.

Sign of the Cross StarPhoenix review

Sign of the Cross by Anne Emery was positively reviewed in the March 24, 2007 issue of the StarPhoenix (Saskatoon, SK). Reviewer Jenni Mortin says, "this is a great story, and the contrast between priest and lawyer narrows in a quite powerful way."

Irvin Muchnick on "The Edge with Tony Basilio"

Irvin Muchnick, author of Wrestling Babylon: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal, will be a guest on "The Edge with Tony Basilio," the sports talk show on WVLZ-AM 1180 in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Friday, April 20. Muchnick will be interviewed by Basilio, "the dean of Knoxville sports radio," from approximately 11:06am to 11:35am EDT. The show also streams live on the Internet, and is archived, at

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Canadian in America in the National Post

Jonathan Chevreau, Personal Finance Columnist for the National Post, devoted his entire column today to The Canadian in America: Real-Life Insights into Moving and Living in the U.S. by Brian D. Wruk with Terry F. Ritchie. Chevreau calls The Canadian in America "an essential reference guide." Chevreau's full column can be read here.

The Tablecloth Trick Quill & Quire review

The Tablecloth Trick by Rick Crilly was positively reviewed in the May 2007 issue of Quill & Quire. Reviewer Cassandra Drudi says, "Crilly writes well . . . Caroline and the narrator make for strangely compelling characters — despite, or perhaps because of, the limited information Crilly reveals about them . . . The Tablecloth Trick is an experiment that was worth conducting."

Monday, April 16, 2007

Shelf Monkey Winnipeg Free Press Review

Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop was reviewed in the April 15 issue of the Winnipeg Free Press. Reviewer Bob Armstrong said, "crackling plot and quirky characters . . . no real-life Shelf Monkeys will be targeting Redekop for crimes against literature." The entire review can be read here.

Wrestling Babylon reviews

Wrestling Babylon: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal was reviewed in two publications over the weekend.

The New York Post's sports columnist, Phil Mushnick, praised Wrestling Babylon in his April 14 column. Mushnick described Wrestling Babylon as "loaded with detailed and well-researched goodies."

Pro Wrestling Torch
, one of the leading industry newsletters, also reviewed Wrestling Babylon on April 14. Columnist Sean Radican called the book, "a frank and honest look at how wrestling operates" and "a satisfying mix of factual evidence and sharp humor . . . a must-have."

Friday, April 13, 2007

Corey Redekop and his Shelf Monkeys

Ever wonder what it must be like to see a finished copy of your book for the very first time? Corey Redekop, author of Shelf Monkey, shares the moment with us.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Calendar of events - Steve Goodman by Clay Eals

Clay Eals, author of
Steve Goodman: Facing the Music, will be doing numerous events to promote the book, starting on May 18. See below further information.

Friday, May 18, Evening
Six-String Social Reading, music, and book signing Old Town School of Folk Music 909 West Armitage Avenue Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, May 19, Afternoon
Reading and book signing
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Sunday, May 20, Afternoon
Panel discussion moderated by Roy Leonard, book signing
Old Town School of Folk Music
909 West Armitage Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

For more information about the Old Town School events, please visit their site.

Wednesday, May 23, Afternoon
Book signing
Maine East High School (Steve Goodman's alma mater)
2601 Dempster Street
Park Ridge, Illinois

Thursday, May 24, 7:00pm
Music and book signing
Goodman's music will be performed by local musicians
Stage Left Café
Woodstock Opera House
Town Square
Woodstock, Illinois
Sponsored by Read Between the Lynes bookstore
A portion of the proceeds will go to Off Square Music for its annual Harvest Fest

Saturday, May 26, 4:30-5:20pm
Reading and book signing
Steve Goodman sing-along led by Ian Woofenden & Family
Northwest Folklife Festival
Intiman Courtyard
Seattle Center
Seattle, Washington

Sunday, May 27, 5:00-5:50pm
Reading and book signing
Music by Tom Colwell, Jef Jaisun, Paul Prappas, and Ian Woofenden
Northwest Folklife Festival
Narrative Stage
Fisher Terrace
Seattle Center
Seattle, Washington

Saturday, June 9, Evening
Reading and book signing
Music by Tom Colwell and Paul Prappas
Elliot Bay Book Company
101 South Main Street
Seattle, Washington

Wednesday, June 13, 7:00-8:30pm
Reading and book signing
Island Books
3014 78th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, Washington

Thursday, June 14, 6:00-8:00pm
Reading, music, and book signing
4521 California Avenue SW
West Seattle Junction
Seattle, Washington
In conjunction with West Seattle Art Walk

Shelf Monkey Quill & Quire review

Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop was reviewed in the May 2007 issue of Quill & Quire. Reviewer Micah Toub said, "the book's dark comedy and witty language play directly into its themes to make the satire sting . . . There's a lot to enjoy here."

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Toronto NOW City Guide in Via Destinations

The NOW City Guide Toronto: The Essential Guide to the Best of the City was positively reviewed in the May issue of VIA Destinations. They say, "This full-colour guide includes all the information you need to get around when visiting TO, and is also very handy for get the scoop on the city's favourite spots and some of its better kept secrets."

Monday, April 9, 2007

Starred review of Obit in Library Journal

Obit by Anne Emery received a starred review in the April 1 issue of Library Journal. They say, "Strong characters and a vivid depiction of Irish American family life make Emery's second mystery (in a projected trilogy) as outstanding as her first."

ECW books and authors make ReLit longlist

Congratulations to the following authors who have made the longlist for the 2007 ReLit Awards.

Rootbound by Grant Buday
Joyland by Emily Schultz

Apostrophe by Bill Kennedy and Darren Wershler-Henry
Play Out the Match by Michael Knox
Seven Into Even by Jacqueline Turner

Sign of the Cross & Wild Thing in The Record

Sign of the Cross by Anne Emery and Wild Thing by Mike Harrison were both reviewed in the April 7 issue of The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo, ON).

Reviewer Ken Kilpatrick called Sign of the Cross a "startingly good first novel...notable for its cast of well-drawn characters and for a plot line that keeps you feverishly reading to the end...I hope we hear more from Emery." Kilpatrick also comments on the "snap, crackle and pop dialogue" in Wild Thing. Read the full reviews here.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Irvin Muchnick interview

Irvin Muchnick, author of Wrestling Babylon, was interviewed on April 4 on "Figure Four Daily", an internet radio show that is available to subscribers of Bryan Alvarez's Figure Four, one of the leading newsletters covering pro wrestling.

Brother Dumb in Quill & Quire

The April issue of Quill & Quire features an interview with Sky Gilbert, author of Brother Dumb, as well as a review of the book. Guest reviewer Alex Good calls Brother Dumb a "well-paced and provocative book that sets itself an enormous creative challenge."

Wrestling Babylon review in Sacramento News & Review

Wrestling Babylon: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal by Irvin Muchnick was positively reviewed in the April 5 issue of the Sacramento News & Review. They say Wrestling Babylon, "brims with [Muchnick's] unique passion and humor...the difference between Muchnick and others who've hawked their literary scribblings on the wide world of wrestling is that he pays attention to the under-covered stories, but without over-indulging them." Read the entire review.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

All in This Together in National Examiner

All in This Together: The Unofficial Story of High School Musical was featured in the giveaway section of the April 9 edition of the National Examiner.